Mother Dear O Pray for Me

This is a hymn about Mary - which is also suitable for Mother's Day.  

 It was written Issac B Woodbury (1819-1858), in 1863.

With meter 76 86 86 86 with refrain, it is set to the tune CATHOLIC HARP, also written by Woodbury.

Books it is published in include
  • Laudis Corona: the new Sunday school hymn book (1880)
  • The Rosary Devotions which has been contributed to a scanned collection here by Boston College Libraries.

During the 20th century, it was performed by entertainers including Perry Como and Bing Crosby.   It is often included in novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.


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Small group with synthesister and violin - professional recording?

Cathedral choir, unaccompanied - low quality recording:

Singer, professional recording:


Mother dear, O pray for me!
Whilst far from heav'n and thee.
I wander in a fragile bark,
O'er life's tempestuous sea.
O Virgin Mother, from thy throne,
So bright in bliss above.
Protect thy child and cheer my path
With thy sweet smile of love.

Mother dear, remember me!
And never cease thy care,
'Till in heaven eternally,
Thy love and bliss I share.

Mother dear, O pray for me!
Should pleasure's siren lay.
E'er tempt thy child to wander far
From Virtue's path away.
When thorns beset life's devious way,
And darkling waters flow.
Then Mary aid thy weeping child,
Thyself a mother show.

Mother dear, oh pray for me,
When all seems full of cheer,
That I may all my danger see,
For surely then this near.
A Mother's help I, then, most need,
For baleful is the ray,
That paints with gold the flow'ry mead
Which blossoms in my way.

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